WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

welcome to Saint Andrews
At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
tiffany window OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY
St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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contact CONTACT US
Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
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SAVE THE DATE!  ST ANDREW’S DAY AND FULL PARISH MEETING is Sunday, November 24—there will be ONE SERVICE AT 9:00 AM that day, and then we’ll celebrate with our traditional Potluck Brunch and rich fellowship.  PLEASE SIGN UP TO BRING SOMETHING TO SHARE on the lists in the Church and in the Parish House.  AND AFTER WE EAT HEARTILY:  we’ll gather together in our new Parish Hall to take part in our exciting reVision “Convergence Summit,” to listen and talk about God’s plans for us here at St Andrew’s.  THIS IS A BIG DAY IN THE LIFE OF OUR CONGREGATION, AND WE HOPE YOU MAKEEVERY EFFORT TO JOIN US!       

 

CREATING A COMMUNITY OF LOVEis the theme for this year’s Stewardship Campaign, and we hope you’ll help us continue to do just that, by giving, from your heart, a generous pledge to St Andrew’s Church.  Pledge cards have been mailed, so please complete and return it to us soon.  Extra cards may be found in the back of the church or over in the Parish House.

 

CHRISTMAS IN EDGARTOWN PLANNINGis underway for our annual St. Andrew’s Open House on Saturday, December 14! A couple of people have already stepped forward with some wonderful, creative ideas, and all ideas and people willing to help are welcome.  Please email the Church office and we will pull together a group meeting of the minds, at office@standrewsmv.org.

 

HOUSES OF GRACE NEEDS YOUR HELP!  St Andrew’s Church, along with The Federated Church and Good Shepherd Parish Center, are once again serving as host sites for our island winter shelter program that runs from January 1 through March 31.  Since we need to fill five adult shifts each night, WE NEED NEW VOLUNTEERS EVERY YEAR!  Please consider whether you’d like to join us in helping our unhoused island neighbors during the coldest winter months—and make sure to attend one of the following MANDATORY (to new volunteers) ORIENTATION SESSIONS (all at 7:00 pm):

 

The Federated Church, Edgartown:             Thursday, November 14

Good Shepherd Parish Center, Oak Bluffs:  Monday, December 9

 

Please note that all volunteers will always be accompanied by at least one other volunteer during their shifts, and that there are two shifts: the first runs from 7:00 pm and goes to 9:00 pm, and the second shift goes from 8:30 pm to 7:00 am.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS IN FULL SWING!  Worship and Play is open to all children, ages 4-10, at 9:00 am (between services) in the Parish House.  No need to sign up – just show up!  If your child is too young for Sunday School just yet, don’t forget the NURSERY is open and staffed every Sunday for the 10:00 service.  A great opportunity for parents to get some quiet time with God in church and recharge for the week!

 

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH THANKSGIVING DAY EUCHARIST!  The word eucharisto, from which we get the word Eucharist, means “I give thanks.” This Thanksgiving, let us celebrate giving thanks with a liturgy of gratitude at 9 AM on Thursday. This will be a very simple service of thanksgiving and gratitude — a wonderful way to begin our day of Thanksgiving. Bring your friends and family, and make the day truly meaningful and special!

 

THE RESULTS ARE IN!  Remember those surveys so many of us took a few months ago, about St Andrew’s Church, for the reVision program?  Well, you can see the results and some conclusions—and recommendations—drawn by The Center for Progressive Renewal for yourselves!  We’ve placed six (6) copies of the Assessment Report on the information table outside the Parish House meeting space, which we ask you to read and return.  Also, a more comprehensive file of documents (indicating all sorts of demographic statistics, etc) are being kept in a black notebook in Heather Anne’s office, which you may review as reference material in her office.  Check us out!

 

PLEASE BRING YOUR CANS TO CHURCH!  It’s time to help out our island friends and neighbors who are going through some tough times.  Please try to remember to bring something with you when you come to church—non-perishable items that haven’t expired.  Please place your blessings in the baskets when you enter the church or in the green plastic tub in the Parish House hallway. Questions?  Would like to volunteer?  Please email Liz and Bob Huss at boblizhuss@gmail.com —and thanks for your caring hearts!

 

YOU KNOW ST ANDREW’S HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE? Poli Wilson has offered to help us keep it up to speed with announcements and events, but we NEED YOU TO LIKE US on Facebook, and send us your photos and news of St Andrew’s life…questions?  Please speak with Heather Anne in the office, and email her your pics, at office@standrewsmv.org. (By the way, just a few positive comments about our worship can have a real effect on seeing some new faces—so give it a try!)

THE CHURCH OFFICE has temporarily relocated  across the street into the Parish House Library.  The temporary phone number is 508-627-7843.  (Father Chip is still in the church building; only the secretary’s office has moved).

 

The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.”

Our Vestry:             

Wardens:  Carl Malmquist and Jessica Buckley

Treasurer:  Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk: Christine White

Members at Large:

Bonnie Deitz, Chris Buchholz, Michael Balay, Harrison Kisiel, Mardi Moran and Andrea Bolling